<B>NEWS</B> - Mercury Marine invests $US20 million

NEWS - Mercury Marine invests $US20 million

To help maintain its position as one of the world’s leading marine engine manufacturer, Mercury Marine said it is investing $US20 million ($A19.2 million) to further develop facilities at its headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Two major construction projects are at the heart of the development, expected to deliver significant improvements across a range of important areas.

“It’s all about growth and commitment to technology and product development,” said Mark Schwabero, president of Mercury Marine.

The company says the investment will see an enhanced capacity in product development, engineering, component manufacturing and fabrication.

Product testing is another area to benefit, we’re told, with Mercury Diesel products being accommodated along with sterndrive and inboard engines.

“All of which will help keep Mercury at the forefront of boating ? delivering better products which out-perform and out-last the competition ? and that will make our dealers stronger across the ANZP region,” said John Temple, Mercury’s general manager for the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific region.

At the ground breaking ceremony, Schwabero used the same shovel that broke the ground when the Fond du Lac plant was originally built almost 50 years ago.

It’s expected the new facilities will be fully operational by the end of 2013.

For more information, log on www.mercurymarine.com.au

Photo: Mercury Marine president Mark Schwabero (fourth from left) leads the ground breaking ceremony on two new construction projects at the company’s USA headquarters.